ICONIC 20TH CENTURY FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER: WILLY MAYWALD

Written by  on January 13, 2014 

1

The legendary German-born photographer Willy Maywald delighted the fashion and celebrity/worlds in the last century with his stunning, artistic images.He studied in Cologne, Krefeld and Berlin before moving to Paris in 1932, where he immersed himself in the local bohemian life-style of Montparnasse, photographing artists, dancers and Parisian haute couture by celebrated couturiers Piguet and Schiaparelli.His work was published by the top style magazines of the day, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Vanity Fair.In the first part of the second world war he was imprisoned in a variety of different camps for foreigners in Switzerland, but he was allowed to work again in 1943 for various publications in Zurich and Basel.The end of the war in Europe saw his triumphant return to Paris where he quickly resumed his photographic career, initially in fashion; not only did he become the exclusive ‘house photographer’ for Christian Dior at this time, he was also one of the first photographers to snap images of fashion models in ‘natural surroundings’ including many street vignettes, breaking free of formal studio shots and previewing a taste of major things to come for fashion journalism.His long and successful career saw him record (photographically) many of the twentieth century’s iconic couture outfits by such luminaries as Jacques Heim, Jacques Fath, Madame Gres, Pierre Balmain, Jeanne Paquin and Cristobal Balenciaga.

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

20

21

22

23

24

 Gary Alston/House Of Retro make no claim to the ownership of any images shown on this page/website.

 

Category : RETRO-SPECTIVE!